Expanding Dimensions of Diversity into Biological Areas: Human Diversity Based on Style Differences in Leaning, Teaching and Working
This new aspect of Diversity is based on biological differences as measured by our on-line assessment instruments LSA, TSA and WSA. Work over the past ten years with these instruments has revealed an interesting but unsettling fact: beliefs, values, attitudes, as well as religious and social aspects of a person can change, often dramatically; but like race and skin colour, biological style features cannot be changed. They change with age, they can be conditioned or learned, can become more flexible but cannot be influenced or changed at will. Particularly under severe pressure human beings tend to fall back on their core style features (=comfort zone) even when they are not useful in an adverse situation. The one-fits-all approach does not suffice any longer, and yet, traditional teaching and training methods are still being widely used, mostly in high schools but also extensively in higher education institutions and often in corporate training. This can lead to school failure, learning difficulties, poor memory, lack of concentration, stress, and job dissatisfaction. When teachers, trainers and managers accept that people have profoundly different styles in the area of information intake, be it in learning or work situations, they will be better positioned to draw out the best in people; this ultimately results in improved performance and less stress. Knowledge of learning, teaching, training and working styles is essential for fully understanding human diversity and how it is the basis for high job performance and school success.
Keywords: Learning Styles, Educators, Traditional Teaching, Biological Style Differences, Underachievement, School Failure, Style Diversity, False Beliefs about Learning and Teaching
Prof. Barbara Prashnig
CEO, Training and Research, Creative Learning Systems (CLS)
Ms Mary Brell
MD, Training and Development, Keys to Success